Ribery relieved to end goal drought for France

Last Updated: May 30, 2012, 08:39 AM IST

Paris: Franck Ribery has spoken of his relief at scoring in France`s 3-2 victory over Iceland last Sunday, as he admits his poor form in front of goal for les Bleus was becoming a major concern.

Prior to the match in Valenciennes at the weekend, the 29-year-old had not netted on the international scene since April 2009, but finally ended his three-year drought against the Scandinavians.

"It [scoring against Iceland] has done a lot of good for me and my loved ones," Ribery revealed in a press conference.

"It was becoming a weight on my shoulders and people were asking questions. At the same time, I am not a goalscorer, I like to make runs and good passes.

"But it did not surprise me because what I did [against Iceland], I had done for a whole year with Bayern and I just couldn`t understand why I failed to replicate this form with France."

Diverting his attentions to Euro 2012, Ribery now wants his French colleagues to build on their friendly success against Iceland.

"I hope this [result] acts as a motivation for everyone. When the crowd cries out my name, it gives me more confidence to try things, to score, to dribble."

France get their European Championship campaign under way with a Group D fixture against England at the Donbass Arena on June 11.

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